A team of ‘boxing bobbies’ has provided a welcome boost to the coffers of a local charity which offers care and support to disabled children and their families.
Bridgend-based Y Bont was chosen as one of the many beneficiaries of this year’s hugely successful annual South Wales Police White Collar Boxing event.
Organiser PC Gareth Owens and Stuart Parfitt, Chief Superintendent for Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan, visited the charity to hand over a cheque for £1,000 on February 3.
With each of the boxers also raising money for their own chosen charities, on top of the funds raised by the event itself, Y Bont has also received a further £500 from on-line sponsorship.
It’s not the first time the force has shown its support for the charity – which needs to raise a minimum of £300,000 a year to remain operational – so much so that the officers were handed a surprise of their own during their visit.
The grateful team at Y Bont revealed they’d nominated the force for a BAVO Volunteer Project of the Year award, after a team of volunteers spent an entire weekend redecorating the playroom to create a calming space within which the children can learn through play, at their own pace.
PC Owens, who is busy planning for the 10th annual boxing event at The Vale Hotel later this year, said: “The white collar boxing event is always a great night, which raises a huge amount for worthwhile causes. This year was no exception – the boxers trained tirelessly to put on some incredible bouts and we raised a record amount of more than £17,000.
“We try to help as many good causes as possible and Y Bont is a most worthy cause. The highly trained nursery team do amazing work with young children who may have complex medical needs, autism and other disabilities, and offers an incredible amount of support to their families too.
“It’s a pleasure to do be able to support the charity with some additional much-needed funds where we can.”
Chief Superintendent Parfitt added: “It’s wonderful that the officers and staff choose to support such a worthy local charity, who really appreciate the support they are given.
“To have been presented with certificates of our own when we visited to hand over a cheque, was a completely unexpected but lovely gesture by the Y Bont team.”
Marged Griffiths, CEO at Y Bont, said: “We have been so fortunate to have the support of South Wales Police in terms of both volunteer projects as well as with fundraising activities – the team have always approached each task with so much enthusiasm and with a sense of humour.
“Initially many people are surprised to hear that community fundraising plays such a key role in maintaining Y Bont’s crucial child-centred services – so we are extremely grateful that everything SWP has done for us to date has had a really positive impact for the local disabled children and families that we support.”